Friday, April 16, 2021

From Mara Rooney:
For Sale: Old Furniture

Pat Robertson, 91, says he’s ‘pro-police’ but that [former officer] Derek Chauvin needs to be ‘under the jail’

The host of The 700 Club is being labelled “woke” by some on social media after speaking on several recent high-profile police encounters. The conversation started while Pat Robertson and co-host Terry Meeuwsen were discussing the differences in weight between a Taser and a gun and then showed his audience an actual yellow Taser and a black Glock 17 handgun.

This after the recent police shooting in Minnesota after an officer says she accidentally shot a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop when she actually meant to taze him. In footage, Officer Kim Potter can be heard shouting “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before fatally shooting Daunte Wright, father of a two-year-old. Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

“If you can’t tell the difference between the feel of those things, it’s crazy,” Robertson said while holding both the Taser and gun. Robertson then said that he is “pro-police,” adding that “we need the police and their service” and that they “do a good job, but if they don’t stop this onslaught they cannot do this.” He then went on to discuss “the thing going on in Minnesota” alluding to the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin, a former police officer, has been charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2020 death of George Floyd.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Asbury's Take Out Dinner 4/21 Wed.:
Chicken or Veggie Parmigiana with Spaghetti, Broccoli, Bread, and
Mixed Berry Cobbler

4 to 6 pm $12; Pre-Order Helpful 237-5262.
For Your Enjoyment, the Dining Room is now Open!

Take Out Dinner 4/22 Thurs.:
Gainesville church to serve swiss steak

A drive-through swiss steak dinner will be conducted April 22 by Gainesville United Methodist Church. The dinner will include swiss steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, carrots, a roll with butter and dessert. The cost is $12 and serving starts at 5 p.m. Pickup will be at the church on 7 South Main St. Call or text pre-orders by April 20 to (585) 689-4033.

Polio One Dose; Coronavirus Probably Annual:
Pfizer CEO says third COVID-19 vaccine booster dose 'likely' needed

The need for a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine between six and 12 months after a person is fully vaccinated will "likely" be needed, the CEO of Pfizer said in comments released Thursday.

"A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC's Bertha Coobs on "CVS Health Live." Bourla said the third dose would be necessary to combat coronavirus variants.

"It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus," Bourla explained. "The fact that there are people that are protected, this is what creates the new variants." Bourla added some diseases, like polio, only require one vaccine dose whereas the flu requires a shot every year.

"The COVID virus looks more like the influenza virus, than the polio virus. The duration of immunity was unknown until yesterday," Bourla said in the interview recorded on April 1. Bourla was referring to data released earlier this month suggesting the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective for up to at least six months after getting a second dose.

Crown Act Makes Hair Discrimination Illegal in Ten States including NY

Wearing your hair in braids, loc's, or your natural texture to work will now be legally protected in Delaware, thanks to the Crown Act. Governor John Carney signed the bill into law on Tuesday, April 13, making Delaware the latest state to make hair discrimination in schools and the workplace illegal. States that have already enacted the historic legislation include California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Washington, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Mexico.

38.4° at 7:45 am Thursday, Cloudy
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Racial Slurs and a Knife:
Attica man charged with felony hate crimes in dispute with neighbors
Dillen J. Powell
An Attica village man with a history of using racial slurs was charged with felony hate crimes for threatening his black neighbors with a knife during the weekend, village police said.

Dillen J. Powell, 21, was charged Sunday with first-degree burglary, first-degree menacing as a hate crime, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime, all felonies. The burglary charge is a class B violent felony punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.

Attica Sgt. Karl Zufall said the charges came after an investigation into an ongoing dispute Powell had with his neighbors at 10 East Ave., an apartment house. Powell and the neighbors were in a dispute about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Zufall said Powell “had issues in the past using the ‘n’ word” and was calling his neighbors racial slurs during the argument.

Zufall said Powell “told his neighbors that his family was coming back to jump them.” Powell left and a short time later, Powell’s mother and her husband arrived and began arguing with the couple, Zufall said.

“Powell comes into the apartment with a knife and is thrusting it in a stabbing motion,” Zufall said. The woman in the apartment grabbed a broom and chased all three out of the apartment, Zufall said. Powell was charged with first-degree burglary because he entered the apartment without permission and had a weapon at the time. Zufall said Powell has a previous menacing conviction, making it a felony for him to possess a weapon in the commission of a crime.

No one else has been charged. Zufall said other charges are pending against Powell and that the investigation is continuing. Powell was arraigned and committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Wyoming ATV Death:
Warsaw man killed in ATV Crash

A 24-year-old man was killed when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle into a railroad light post and was ejected early Wednesday morning, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said. The ATV landed on top of Gregory E. Kersch after he was ejected, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph said.

Dispatchers received a 911 call just before 7 a.m. with a report that a man was trapped under an ATV on Miller Road at the railroad crossing. A deputy arrived and found Kersch, of Warsaw, dead at the scene.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Crash Management Team’s preliminary report said that Kersch was traveling alone in the early-morning hours and was north on Miller Road when he hit the crossing signal light post and was ejected. Rudolph said it was not believed that a train was in the area at the time of the crash and it appears no one else was involved. Coroner Michael Smith, Norfolk Southern railroad police and Warsaw police assisted.

The crash was the second fatal ATV accident in five days in the area. Saturday night, Thomas S. Butlre, 43, of Oakfield died after he drove an ATV into a rock embankment and was ejected. A passenger, 55, was injured.

Her Love of Children, Youth:
Perry Library accepting memorial gifts remembering Silver Lake's Nancy B. Wilson and her commitment to youth

Nancy B. Wilson, 75, of Silver Lake, passed into her heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. While raising two sons, Jefferson and Jonathan, Nancy Wilson worked as a reading specialist in the Perry Elementary School. She also helped with a religious arts class for children on Sunday mornings at the Perry United Methodist Church. For 17 years, she gave book talks sponsored by the Perry Public Library to the children of Perry Elementary School. In later years, children who were now adults would meet her “on the street” and express appreciation for her book talks. She was also an Advisor for the Perry High School Yearbook. Memorials may be addressed to Perry Library, 70 N. Main St., Perry, NY 14530.

Reminder: Turkey Day at Asbury:

MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY, SQUASH, FRESH BAKED PIES: $12  Delicious Drive Through or Eat-In = 4-6 pm; Call 585 237 5262.

Guarding Against Rabbies:
Health Department seeks information in Batavia dog bite incident

The Genesee County Health Department is seeking information about the location of a dog and its owner following a dog bite incident about 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. The person was walking on the sidewalk near Batavia Gardens Apartments heading west towards Jerome Place in Batavia.

The dog is described as a tan chihuahua. It was accompanied by a 16 to 18 year old male who was described as tall and thin with brown/dark/dirty blonde, semi long shaggy hair. He was wearing a black hoodie, pants and glasses. He had headphones on and was paying attention to his phone at the time of the incident.

It is important to locate the dog to determine whether or not it is current on its rabies shot, health officials said in a news release. If the health status is not identified, post exposure rabies shots will be offered to the victim. If you have information about the location of the dog and its owner, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at (585) 344-2580 ext. 5555.

“Spring is here and animals are out more, so ‘love your own...leave the rest alone,’” the officials said. “All wild and unknown animals — even dogs and cats — should be avoided whenever possible since the possibility of exposures to rabies can occur anywhere and anytime.”

No Rain 1st & 4th Days:
Interrupted April Showers
Enjoy those early Spring flowers and additional buds!

Be sure to check out the new Chautauqua Institute link = right column below SLI-Resident button.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CDC, FDA Evaluating Next Steps:
NYS cooperates with J&J vaccine hold

As you may have read, today the CDC and the FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the J&J vaccine statewide while the federal government evaluates next steps. As the CDC and FDA stated, these adverse events "appear to be extremely rare." Six people who have received the J&J vaccine in the U.S. developed blood clots, and the reason for the pause is to make sure all health care providers can identify the symptoms and treat patients with the correct medical protocol.

The context, however — six people reported with a problem out of 6.8 million who received the vaccine — is important to remember. While health care providers are notified and the federal government reviews the situation fully, New York State will continue to administer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are completely unaffected by this pause and which make up the vast majority of our supply. The State Department of Health is in constant contact with the federal government and will provide updates.

Covid Precautions Essential:
After ‘sigh of relief’ on Covid, a new wave of infections sets in for WNY

Wyoming County is not included in WNY when it comes to Covid-19 announcements. Wyoming is classified with the Finger Lakes region for the purposes of reporting Covid-19 facts and statistics. Western New York region covers Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties for the state’s Covid-19 tracking and coordination efforts.

Having said that, Medical leaders in Western New York believe that the more contagious British variant now causes most new cases of Covid-19 in the WNY region. Major hospitals are treating twice as many Covid-19 patients almost all of them unvaccinated as this time last month. If you get hospitalized with the new coronavirus in coming weeks, you will still be treated by staff in full personal protective equipment and will not be allowed visitors unless you are near death. These are among the realities as the region finds itself inside in a new wave of the pandemic. Wyoming County is also up. The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 grew to 1136 in Western New York Saturday night. Allegany County had 16 cases, while Wyoming County had 18.

“We were all starting to kind of take a sigh of relief and then all of a sudden, we noticed that the community rates started popping right back up,” said Dr. Samuel Cloud, an associate medical director and emergency department physician at Erie County Medical Center.
Courtesy Buffalo News; Source: Sharon Cantillon; SLDN's educational purposes

Monday, April 12, 2021

Throw It Out:
USDA health alert includes Wegmans ground turkey from December sales

If you bought and froze some turkey from Wegman’s in December, the USDA is recommending you dispose of it. A public health alert has been issued for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC of Pennsylvania. The meat may have caused Salmonella Hadar illness, USDA officials said in a news release.

Health officials are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Consumers who have purchased the products are urged not to consume them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, according to the USDA. Retail locations that may receive any of the returned meat from consumers are advised to destroy it immediately.

Southern Neighbor Goes Hollywood:
Lights! Camera! Allen! Allegany County's Town of Allen hosts
Paramount Pictures movie shoot
Paramount Pictures is shooting a full-length feature film in the sparsely populated Town of Allen in northern Allegany County. Cast and crew are on location at an Amish farm on a dirt road. The production company is using the Short Tract fire hall as its base camp.

The movie, which could be released next year, is set in a fictional Amish community, which is why Paramount location scouts chose the white, two-story Amish-built farmhouse. The property had been vacant. A nearby barn now houses all of the accoutrements of filmmaking: lights, cameras and sound equipment. Signs above the barn stalls denote spaces for wardrobe and props. A COVID-19 screening area occupies a large space. The set is closed to visitors as part of the movie industry’s pandemic protocols.

Members of the production team were not permitted to comment on location, but Paramount authorized Tim Clark, commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, to disclose some details of the shoot. Clark could not reveal the title of the movie or even its genre, but he said that Paramount grew interested in the Southern Tier when John Krasinski directed “A Quiet Place II” in the Village of Akron near Buffalo in 2019.

“The executives at Paramount, after spending the summer here, thought that what they were looking for was available here, in Western New York and in particular the Southern Tier,” Clark said. “The way these movies work, they send in location scouts. They zeroed in on the Western New York vicinity, and they basically didn’t miss one nook or cranny in the place. They spent over a month searching for locations, and this is something that the production wanted to use. They had looked at dozens and dozens of locations, and this one was perfect for the look they were trying to get.”

Asbury's Take-Out Dinner:
This Wednesday is TURKEY,
Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy;
Call 237-5262

Wednesday, 4/14, pickup 4-6 pm: Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy,        Squash, Roll, Fresh Baked Pie; $12; call before 3pm.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Clinic Without Appointments as of 12:58 pm:
Wyoming County hosting Covid-19 vaccine clinic Thursday, April 15th

New York State reached universal vaccine eligibility on Tuesday, allowing New Yorkers 16-years-old and older to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To accommodate those who are newly eligible, Wyoming County announced Tuesday that it will be holding another COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open to New Yorkers who are 18-years-old or older. It will be held at the Wyoming County Highway Department on Thursday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are required. As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 145 appointments were available for the clinic.

Those who wish to attend the clinic can register online by clicking here. (Keep checking back for the appointment schedule.)

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Rain-Free Thursday?
April Showers for Next 4 Days,
But Not a Total Rainout after Sunday

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71.2° at 5:20 pm Saturday

Broke Trooper's Nose:
Wyoming man indicted for '20 assault

A Wyoming County man has been indicted on charges that he assaulted a state trooper.


Chaz Brzezicki, 32, of Strykersville entered a not guilty plea to charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, DWI and speeding. He was arraigned in Erie County Court Thursday, according to various media outlets in Buffalo.

Brzezicki was arrested after a traffic stop April 18, 2020, in the town of Colden. Police at the time said a trooper smelled marijuana in Brzezicki’s car and saw a pipe in his lap. Brzezicki allegedly got out of his car and punched the trooper in the face, breaking the trooper’s nose. The trooper underwent surgery and has recovered.

The trooper was able to hit Brzezicki with a flashlight and with help from other officers take him into custody. Brzezicki faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Perry wins shootout over Holley in 
H. S. Football; Fanaro accounts for
8 touchdowns in Yellowjackets’ win


In a shootout for the ages, Perry overcame Holley, 78-48, behind a massive night from senior quarter-back Justice Fanarao.

The Yellowjackets signal caller finished the win 20 of 32 passing for 318 yards and seven touch-downs, while adding four carries for 71 yards and an additional score. Perry led, 50-34, at the half and sealed the deal with an explosive, 28-point third quarter.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Some are Armed and Dangerous:
Monroe County carjackings turn fatal; prompt warnings to all motorists

A recent wave of carjackings throughout Monroe County took a fatal turn Wednesday, with a 71-year-old man shot to death. More than a dozen carjackings, some violent, have been reported throughout Monroe County, including several on the west side, including Gates and Ogden. That has local police concerned.

“It’s always a concern with us bordering Monroe,” Genesee Undersheriff Bradley Mazur said. “Our patrols are being extra vigilant. We haven’t had any reported carjackings but there have been a few thefts.” Many GLOW-region residents frequently travel to Monroe, for work or pleasure. Police in Monroe have issued several alerts to residents, warning them of a gang of carjackers.

Wednesday, Richard M. Sciascia, 71, of Irondequoit was driving on Buell Road in Gates, about 20 minutes from Bergen, when his car was stolen. He was shot in the torso and later died at a hospital. His car was recovered in Rochester. The shooting happened at 10:45 in the morning. Just five hours earlier, Greece Police Department issued an alert to residents with the following tips:

“Over the last several weeks there have been numerous instances of vehicles being stolen at gunpoint throughout Monroe County. These crimes are typically occurring in the evening or early night time hours. The thieves are operating with two typical patterns of robbery and they are as follows:

"1) The thieves will rear end the target vehicle at low speeds and wait for the victim to exit the vehicle. They will then approach the victim and rob them for their vehicle at gunpoint.

"If you are involved in a situation described above, you should remain in your vehicle with the doors locked, call 911 immediately and if possible, leave the location for a public place or police station to seek assistance.

"2) The thieves will follow the victim to their destination (sometimes their home or other location) and will wait for the victim to exit their vehicle. They will then approach them on foot and rob them for their vehicle at gunpoint.

"Please pay close attention to your surroundings. If you feel you are being followed or feel there is a potential threat in your vicinity, you should consider driving to a public area or police station rather than to your home. You should remain in your vehicle with the doors locked and call 911 immediately.”